Cedefop Briefing Notes

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In May-June 2021, the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb conducted a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in Croatia. The survey concludes that the effects of the pandemic on learners’ wellbeing and learning progress were considerable; it calls for effective policy responses.

While facing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the WorldSkills Croatia 2021 competition was held live from 11 to 13 May in Zagreb, Croatia, for over 300 IVET learners in 43 disciplines. 

From March to June 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown and the school transition to distance learning, the Agency for VET and Adult Education (ASOO) conducted a survey on the experience, attitudes and needs associated with distance learning in Croatia. They asked 1348 IVET and CVET teachers to assess digital competences, distance learning delivery and available support. Further surveys were also conducted among pre-tertiary and provider levels to plan support and different scenarios for education and training delivery in 2020/21.

The Zagreb and Petrinja earthquakes that occurred in the spring and winter of 2020 respectively, caused major disruption in the education process at all levels, including VET.

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In Brussels, all newly registered job seekers on unemployment support are now benefitting from the Language and Digital Skills Assessment for informed e

StepByTech, a free training programme designed to improve digital literacy and technological skills among adults.

In 2024, the VET system in Bulgaria continued its major modernisation reform by amending the VET Act (March 2024).

The growth of work-based vocational education and training (VET) in the European Union already beats the targets set, albeit with considerable imbalances between Member States.